With an every increasing numbers of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's and Dementia - a rapidly growing group - it's time to re-visit traditional yogic teachings about brain health. One pose, in particular, is beneficial: sirsasana commonly referred to as headstand.
In his book, Yoga For Physical Fitness, (published in 1964) early American Vedic teacher Richard Hittleman explains the power of this pose to build brain health:
"Bringing the blood directly into the head benefits the sedentary worker greatly: nothing else can so quickly revitalize the brain. In addition to revitalizing the brain, the Head Stand has brought about improvement in vision, hearing and breathing. The Sedentary worker will quickly recognize the Head Stand as one of his best friends and will undesrtand how foolish are those who consider it a form of madness."